Trans-Canada Highway in Tryon getting upgrades

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Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Robert Vessey

The province is getting set to straighten out the Trans-Canada Highway in Tryon.

The project will cost $1.8 million this year and another $1.8 million in 2015.

The first phase of the project is the intersection of Route 10, Augustine Cove.

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey says there is a bad curve in the highway that needs to be corrected.

“We’re going to reconstruct the road and soften the curve and bring it to today’s standards,’’ Vessey said following question period in the P.E.I. legislature on Wednesday.

The first phase of the project involves about 1.4 kilometres of road while the next phase measures around 1.7 kilometres.

“It’s an area of the Trans-Canada (Highway) we’ve been trying to get at. It’s been identified as being below today’s standards.’’

The highway handles much more traffic today than it was designed to when it was constructed in 1952. Gone are the ferries between Borden-Carleton and Cape Tormentine, N.B. Since the Confederation Bridge opened in 1997 truck traffic has increased, putting more strain on the stretch of highway between Borden-Carleton and Charlottetown.

“We are an exporting province now and there’s no more ferry boats (in western P.E.I.) or potato boats so we have to make the highways safe for not only you and I and our vehicles but for the trucks that are coming through and going to market,’’ the minister said.

The work will go to tender in the next few weeks with construction taking place this summer. Another section will be done next year in the same area at the Branch Road intersection.

This year, the Department of Transportation is spending $27.5 million on highway resurfacing or reconstruction projects on Routes 1, 1A, 2, 6, 19, 25 and 225. Intersections will be re-aligned to improve safety, storm sewer will be installed, turn lanes will be added and lanes will be widened, Vessey said.

The province will also be putting in a roundabout at the intersection of the Charlottetown bypass highway and Upton Road.

A total of six bridges and highway structures will be replaced in 2014-15, including Souris bridge, Greek River bridge, Rocky Point structure, Augustine Cove bridge, Clinton bridge and the Central Street structure in Montague.

As well, a final coat of asphalt will be applied to the Trans-Canada Highway realignment between New Haven and Bonshaw.

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway, Department of Transportation

Geographic location: Tryon, Borden-Carleton, Charlottetown P.E.I. Canada Cape Tormentine Upton Road Greek River Rocky Point Central Street Montague New Haven Bonshaw

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  • Dundas Sue
    May 08, 2014 - 12:33

    Drive east please and head through Upton and Forest Hill, the road is totally gone to pieces, along with many others. I have been to Moncton twice in the last month and that stretch of road you are straightening is just fine. Leave it for another year, PLEASE. or better yet, pay for my new car when I rip this one apart on broken pavement, day after day.

  • give me a break
    May 08, 2014 - 11:35

    Take the 3.6 million dollars and fix the god damn existing roads you fool Vessy!!! If you can't see the condition of all the PEI roads and highways then you must walk to work or be blind, deaf and dumb.... I'm totally sick of paying taxes for your dumb ass to waste on things like this.. Do your job and fix the roads, screw the new alignment of a turn!!!!! Who are you going to give that to, Island Coastal or Island Construction?

    • no break given
      May 08, 2014 - 21:20

      I hear you.... Just as with Plan B, Vessey has access to this Atlantic Gateway funding from the federal government which is targeted at just the TCH between Charlottetown and Borden. So he's going to ignore every other pressing project in PEI just to get 50 cent federal dollars. Like the pathetic lap dogs he and Ghiz are. Arf arf arf arf arf!!!!

  • Crooked
    May 08, 2014 - 08:43

    Politicians have to make a living, and can only do so by inducing people to believe that a straight line is crooked.